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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013, 23 Feb, (198 km) 1.HC

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19 Feb 2013 19:48

Kazistuta wrote:My birthday wishlist is:
1. Breschel

You know Saxo isn't riding the Omloop?
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19 Feb 2013 21:21

I simply love cobbled races, and Omloop especially 'cause it marks the beginning of the season in northern Europe and inevitably faces riders with harsh weather.

Roelandts is in fine form, and this kind of races are his main objective since Greipel arrived.
Boom looks good too.
Terpstra rode well so far, with Chava and Stybar should be powerful alternative to Boonen.
Boasson Hagen, Van Avermaet, Langeveld, Flecha, Nuyens, Leukemans... Plenty of riders who can win this one.
I wouldn't rate Hushovd, Pozzato and Vanmarcke too high, yet.
Pozzato because of racing conditions, although he's won it already, Vanmarcke 'cause he'll be marked this time and there's the other favorite in his team, and Hushovd 'cause it's too early for him after disastrous season he had.

And maybe Boonen surprises, after all. He couldn't take it when he targeted it and everybody expected him to win... Maybe these circumstances will work for him.

I'm looking forward to it.
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19 Feb 2013 21:31

Netserk wrote:Blanco vs. Quickstep for me :)

Lets see if it's time again for 'The Unstoppable War Machines'

Heart says: Boonen _O_
Brain says: Terpstra or Boom


BMC is going to have a lot to say about the way this race goes.
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19 Feb 2013 21:59

omloop :)
good to be back in the thick of things. Warm up races are fun, but let the real racing commence. :cool:
RIP Craig, you'll be missed friend.
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19 Feb 2013 22:07

Rousel wrote:BMC is going to have a lot to say about the way this race goes.


Sure won't be surprised to see Phinney taking this.
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19 Feb 2013 22:17

UncleTupelo wrote:Sure won't be surprised to see Phinney taking this.

Given his forays into the classics so far, I would.
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19 Feb 2013 22:27

Yeah finally the season starts with one of my all time favourite races. This should be WT like right now! I hope Hushovd performs well (not that I have much hope though) in order to gain some confidence for the goals ahead. He shouldn't focus just on Roubaix, he has to get results along the way to get there in peace of mind. Also looking forward to see how Phinney does. Tjallinji for the podium just because I want :p
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20 Feb 2013 00:08

Boom FTW

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20 Feb 2013 05:53

I shall say:
1. GVA
2. Pozzato
3. Boom

out of a 6 man group with Langveld, Flecha and Terpstra.
GVA did well here last year and Boom looks really strong.
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

The Grand Boucle wasn't just Europe's for the taking.

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20 Feb 2013 06:41

IAM have an impressive Flemish Classics squad, the eight man who´ll line up in Omloop all have PT/WT experience.

Top5 is quite realistic.

Sad that Boonen has to wait another year to target his first victory here.
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20 Feb 2013 07:16

Finally, the season really starts. I'll go with Boom but Stybar could surprise.

(are we talking classics or CX here? :D)
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20 Feb 2013 07:33

Phinney feels good in flat cobblestone sections but how he feels in short cobblestone hills?
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20 Feb 2013 07:50

Looking at the stage profile the last meters are going up, anyone know much gradient?
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20 Feb 2013 07:56

skafottet wrote:Looking at the stage profile the last meters are going up, anyone know much gradient?


If they haven´t changed it, it´s rather flat.

Comparing the gradient of this sector at the finale to the ones of the Hellingen before, there might be 2-3% somewhere in the last few kilometers, nothing to worry about.
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20 Feb 2013 10:12

Greg van Avermaet ftw.
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20 Feb 2013 10:16

Why this not on Eurosport? :confused::(
In Italy when you need a coffee you need the right barista, so you need to teach Chris [Juul Jensen] how to make the right coffee.


Lars Michaelsen during the Tinkoff-Saxo team briefing before stage 11 of the 2014 Giro d'Italia.
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20 Feb 2013 11:43

Last year we had pretty much every significant race on TV2 in Norway. This year they're not even showing Omloop, Kuurne, M-SR, G-W or the Giro. So disappointing to have to go back to watching streams...all this due to the Armstrong-case, which seemingly has reduced the cycling interest in Norway by massive amounts.

Instead they increase their coverage of skiing, which is surely the cleanest sport in the world :rolleyes:
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20 Feb 2013 11:52

maltiv wrote:Last year we had pretty much every significant race on TV2 in Norway. This year they're not even showing Omloop, Kuurne, M-SR, G-W or the Giro. So disappointing to have to go back to watching streams...all this due to the Armstrong-case, which seemingly has reduced the cycling interest in Norway by massive amounts.

Instead they increase their coverage of skiing, which is surely the cleanest sport in the world :rolleyes:

Same in every country, except Belgium, probably. No Omloop on tv in Holland.
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20 Feb 2013 12:39

maltiv wrote:Last year we had pretty much every significant race on TV2 in Norway. This year they're not even showing Omloop, Kuurne, M-SR, G-W or the Giro. So disappointing to have to go back to watching streams...all this due to the Armstrong-case, which seemingly has reduced the cycling interest in Norway by massive amounts.

Instead they increase their coverage of skiing, which is surely the cleanest sport in the world :rolleyes:


sucks to live in a country where there is no cycling tradition and in reality nobody cares for it. succesfans
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20 Feb 2013 12:46

Ryo Hazuki wrote:sucks to live in a country where there is no cycling tradition and in reality nobody cares for it. succesfans

Lol, by that token the Dutch are 'success fans' as well (which they probably are).
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